Frank Peter Joseph Crosetti
Born: Oct. 4, 1910 in San Francisco, Calif.
Died: Feb. 11, 2002
Debut: 1932 | Pos: SS
Ht: 5'10" | Wt: 165 | B: R | T: R
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Frank Crosetti played for the Yankees from 1932 to 1948. In his 17-year career, he hit. 245 with 98 HR, 649 RBI and 113 stolen bases. He was the shortstop on seven World Series teams.
When it came to wearing Yankees' pinstripes, there was no one quite like Frank Crosetti. The shortstop of 7 Yankees World Series teams, he died February 11, 2002 at the age of 91.
His life was a lesson in longevity. He played for the Yankees for 17 season. He coached third base for the Yankees for 20 seasons. He was married to his wife Norma for 63 years and he lived to be 91.
"He was Yankee all the way around. We had no other team. He only played with the Yankees," she said in published news reports following his death.
During his playing career, Crosetti stepped on to the field with a Who's Who of Yankees legends including Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Waite Hoyt and Joe DiMaggio. He was a part of the 1936 and 1939 Yankees team, often lumped in with the 1927 Yankees as three of the greatest teams of all-time.
He appeared in 7 World Series, collecting 20 hits in 115 at-bats with a home run, 11 RBI and a stolen base. He played in the 1936 and 1939 All-Star games and led the American League in at-bats (656) and stolen bases (27) in 1938.
After retiring in 1948, he was the Yankees' third-base coach for 20 years, taking part in 15 more World Series.
He was remembered with fondness by former Yankees players.
"Frank Crosetti had a legendary career with the Yankees starting as a player with Babe Ruth through Gehrig and DiMaggio, and remaining as a coach," Yankees spokesman Rick Cerrone said in reports following Crosetti's death. "He was a true Yankee."
Crosetti grew up in North Beach, California, in the same neighborhood where another Yankee, DiMaggio, honed his baseball skills.